The Valatie Free Library will close at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th. We will be open on Friday, April 19th during the usual hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Visit the Valatie Free Library during the Ichabod Crane Spring Break. We have the following fun programs:
Tuesday, April 23rd: Story Hour for Preschoolers and Caregivers (10:30 a.m.) Older siblings are welcome to join the group for stories, craft and snack. No registration is necessary.
Tuesday, April 23rd: Building with Lego and Duplo bricks (noon – 5 p.m.) Join us to build whatever you want. No registration is necessary for this program.
Tuesday, April 23rd: Crafternoon (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.) Join us to do a string art project. Please call the Library (518-758-9321) to register, and if you have a small hammer, please bring that with you. Registration is necessary as class is limited to 10 or fewer participants.
Wednesday, April 24th: Weaving Extravaganza with Mary Young (10:30 a.m.) Join us for one day of weaving to get you started weaving at home. This program is designed for kids, ages 8 – 12. Registration is necessary as class is limited to 15 or fewer participants.
Friday, April 26th: Game Day for All Ages. Visit the Valatie Free Library on Friday, April 26th between noon and 5 p.m. to play board games. We have lots of games, but you could bring your own if you wish. Ask one or more friends to join you.
The winners of the annual Valatie Free Library Photo Competition are listed below. All the photos submitted were beautiful and reflective of the talent and interests of the photographers. All were displayed at an exhibition on Sunday, April 7th at the Senior Center in Valatie. We thank Mayor Argyle and the Valatie Village Board for permission to use the Center, the Seniors for donating their building for the event, the girls in the Ichabod Crane Middle School Honor Society for their help in setting up and taking down the exhibit, the people who came to the exhibit. A very special appreciation goes to the photographers for sharing their work with us. The first and second place winners in ten categories were:
Boats / Water Scenes : Carol Denton: Boats Docked on the Hudson / Edward Balko: Tugboat Spiral
Landscape: Steve Wildermuth: After the Storm / Eric Dubois: Tranquility
Birds: Anthony Malanowski: Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Coming in to Feed / William Shaughnasey: Emu Smile
Animals: Lynne DuBois: Lizard King / Marie Meehan: “Fake News”
Architecture: Karen Stodolski: Liquid Reflection of Past Beauty / Ralph Gartner: Always Open
Miscellaneous: Karen Stodolski: “Follow Me!” / Steve Wildermuth: “Festaloon”
Flowers: Leslie Strilec: Paper White / Ralph Gartner: Backyard Daisies
People: Steve Wildermuth: Youthful Dreamer / Paul Abitabile: Polar Plunge Participant at Oakdale Lake, Hudson
Pets: Sierra Dexheimer: Dianne / Eric DuBois: My Sydney
Nature: Daniel Klugo: Country Road / Daniel Klugo: Mountain Stream
In the Young People Category for students under the age of 18, each student won a certificate for the best of his own entries. The students and their winning photos were: Corey Dexheimer (17): a tie of his photo “Mac” and his photo Shades of Orange / Ruby Briggs (7): Winter Wonderland / Caitlin Matthies (16): Impurity / Amaya Arnold-Poucher (17): Blue Peace
The annual Valatie Free Library Photo Exhibition will take place on Sunday, April 7th at the Valatie Senior Center / Williams Street, Valatie. Join us between 2 and 4 p.m. to view the 79 photos submitted by talented local photographers. Winners of the competition will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
As evident from the smiles of these three who attended our coding class with Habib on Tuesday, coding is fun. The next coding workshop is on Tuesday, February 26th. Join us to work at your own pace to build your coding design and solve each puzzle.
We invite you to stop in to view the new look in the recently renovated section of the Valatie Free Library. Jarvis Baillargeon’s paintings of the Revolutionary War Henry Knox Trail are now hanging there. Not only are they a beautiful addition to the Library and an enhancement to the room; they also recapture a historical event, transport of canons from Ticonderoga to Boston. One of the stops on that journey was a building behind the present VMA and very close to the present Valatie Free Library. When you are here, take a booklet which describes the history depicted in each painting. Relive our local heritage! Thank you to the Baillargeon family for donating these paintings to the Valatie Free Library. We are very grateful to be able to share them with Community.
Paint and Sip with Amy DeWeerd is back. Join us on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. for another great class with Amy. Make a painting that you will be proud to display. Enjoy a treat and coffee, tea or hot chocolate. What a great way to spend a cold, windy January night! Please call 518-758-9321 to register so that we have enough supplies.
Now you can build with Lego bricks every Tuesday of the month. Visit the Library on any Tuesday between 12 and 5 p.m. to construct your very own architectural masterpiece! Choose from a variety of different Lego pieces and Duplos. All ages are welcome. No registration is necessary.
Our deepest appreciation goes to all who helped us provide a happy Christmas to an Ichabod Crane family. Thank you for the gifts, the food and the money to buy clothes and toys.
Our appreciation also goes to the many people who made our Christmas cookie decorating party on Saturday such a fun and successful occasion. Thank you to the kids and parents who attended, to Santa Claus who listened to all the Christmas requests, to Amy who made 125 delicious sugar cookies in at least 5 different seasonal shapes and to Tots the Clown who provided the wonderful balloons. Thank you to library staff: Lauren, who organized both events and Lucille, who was always there when a task needed to be completed.
A very special shout-out goes to Ichabod Crane senior Nicole, who wrapped all the presents, helped prepare the frosting bags, handed out cookies, helped kids with decorating and worked on cleanup.
Join us for our annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1 – 3 p.m. Decorate cookies, meet Santa Claus, take home a balloon made by Tots the Clown. It’s delicious and fun and open to all ages!!